Grand National Bets Pinstickers Guide 2009
Itâ€™s that time of year again. Housewives are polishing their lucky pins. The rather strange girl from accounts is busy organising the office sweepstake. And the BBC is preparing old footage of Des Lynam, Jenny Pitman and Red Rum for broadcast.
Thatâ€™s right, itâ€™s the Grand National Betting Pinstickers’ Guide at Aintree. The world famous steeplechase takes place this Saturday and horse racing will grip the nation for ten minutes as 40 horses thunder across the 4 mile 4 furlong course.
Whilst many traditions remain around this great old race, there have also been big changes over recent years. In the past, the best chance of getting a decent free horse racing tips would have seen you entering a smoky old bookmaking shop and asking one of the miserable looking punters for some betting advice.
But thatâ€™s all gone. Bookmakers are now clean, bright and welcoming shops offering tea, coffee and free bets. And the Grand National has also had a facelift.
Extensive work on the course in recent years has seen the ground improved and the mighty fences are now much smaller. This has meant that whilst the National used to be a bit of lottery, today it has become a top quality handicap chase and it is worth looking to the form book to find a winner.
So with this in mind, how should you best take advantage of all those free bookmaker offers?
The weights are always important and with only one horse since 1982 carrying over 11 stone to victory there is a serious question mark over current favourite My Will. But the combination of Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Ruby Walsh and champion trainer Paul Nicholls should always be noted. And with a good previous run over the left-handed Aintree Melling track the 8/1 on offer from Stan James could be worth taking.
Butlers Cabin offers Tony McCoy the chance to break his Grand National jinx. The Jonjo Oâ€™Neill trained 9-year-old fell last at Bechers Brook second time round in 2008 but has been carefully prepared for the race and 10/1 with William Hill looks a good price.
Next in the betting comes Rambling Minister, available at 12/1 with Paddy Power. This horse has only had eleven starts over fences, winning three and placing in four. Having won the Kim Muir at Cheltenham over four miles and one furlong and carrying 10st 9lbs and with plenty of stamina, this might be one to watch.
State of Play, currently 14/1 with Coral, will have a good chance if things go his way during the race and looks fairly handicapped.
The biggest ante-post gamble leading up to National has been on Parsons Legacy.Â At the start of the week, the 11-year-old Phillip Hobbs trained runner was 33/1 but is now best odds with Ladbrokes at 16/1. Ideally looking for soft ground against the good, good to firm conditions at Aintree, he still has solid form having placed third in Scottish Grand National last year and has been specifically prepared for the race this time out.
Next in the betting come Black Apalachi (16/1 BetFred) and Hear The Echo (16/1 Sportingbet). Both have their merits but the former really needs soft ground and the latter may have had a stronger case as winner of the Irish National at Fairyhouse in 2008 except for having unseated his rider in his last run out.
Last yearâ€™s winner, Comply Or Die can be backed to repeat his victory at 20/1 with William Hill. He is not coming into the race with great form and is also carrying 15lbs more than in 2008 so perhaps a place bet might be sensible.
Of the rest, Kilbeggan Blade will interest the each-way backers at 25/1 with Totesport and Snowy Morning is 28/1 with SkyBet.
Whoever you decide to back this Saturday afternoon, one thing is clear; whether you are following a betting system, have your ear to the ground for the latest horse racing tips or backing your own judgement, the Grand National is outstanding sporting event like no other.
By the way, my money will be on Rambling Minister to win at a decent price with Hear the Echo as a little each way fancy.
Why Should I Bet on the Grand National Online?
Betting online holds many advantages over placing your bet in a betting shop.
1. You can bet from the comfort of your own home, there is no need to make a journey to your nearest bookmakers.
2. It is both easy and secure to place bets online with betting shops that you recognise.
3. Free bets are available from a number of online bookmakers.
4. You can compare odds from 17 UK bookmakers and betting exchanges to find the best odds on your selection.
5. Special Grand National promotions are available from online bookmakers. e.g each way bets may include an extra place, paying out if your horse finishes in the first five places rather than normal first four places.